Safe at Home for the Holidays!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – for immediate release

Safe at Home for the Holidays!

Ontario Fire Marshal and Regional Fire Chiefs visit local school for 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety Campaign

In an effort to raise awareness of fire safety in the home, Oakville’s Fire Chief, Lee Grant, Ontario’s Fire Marshal, Ted Wieclawek and other regional fire Chiefs made an important stop at a local school this morning. Grade 4 students of St. Dominic School welcomed the special guests as part of the second annual 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety Campaign.

The Ontario wide initiative reminds residents to be extra cautious throughout the holiday season by following these 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety tips:

Day 1: Water fresh trees daily, dry trees catch fire more easily.
Day 2: Check all sets of lights before decorating; discard any frayed or damaged cords.
Day 3: Make sure you have working smoke alarms.
Day 4: Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms.
Day 5: Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs.
Day 6: Use extension cords wisely and never have them underneath rugs etc.
Day7: Keep space heaters at least one metre away from anything flammable.
Day 8: When you go out, always blow out candles.
Day 9: Keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
Day 10: Watch what you heat and do not leave cooking unattended.
Day 11: Encourage smokers to smoke outside.
Day 12: Be responsible when consuming alcohol.

“I’m wishing for a fire-free holiday season this year,” said Fire Chief Lee Grant. “Everyone can play their part by educating themselves about fire prevention in the home and being extra vigilant over the holidays. Engaging our children in fire safety is a great place to start.”

Students at St. Dominic’s School listened as Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek spoke personally about his holiday wish for a December, free of fires. “The 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety campaign provides simple tips ranging from making sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to having a home fire escape plan. Everyone can support my holiday wish by simply being aware of the tips and putting the essential safeguards in place in their homes to prevent fires.”

For more fire safety tips specific to the holiday season, visit the fire safety and guidelines page.

For more information contact

Michael Harrison
Public Education/Special Projects Officer
Oakville Fire Department
905-845-6601, ext. 3602

Emma Murphy
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Safe at Home for the Holidays!